A nation with a rich cultural and natural heritage, the Philippines offers much to experience and here are some key landmarks worth visiting and exploring.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Going back 2,000 years, the Banaue Rice Terraces are a sight to behold set amidst the mountains of Ifugao. Part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these picturesque terraces were created by hand without modern machinery with a technique that’s been passed down from generation to generation.
Known as the “Walled City”, Intramuros in Manila offers a glimpse into the country’s Spanish colonial era. Those staying at a serviced residence Makati has to offer including properties like Somerset Olympia Makati can easily visit this charming site; notable attractions here include Fort Santiago, the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church.
On the island of Bohol is one of the most fascinating landmarks in Philippines known as the Chocolate Hills. There are over 1,200 uniquely formed hills to be found here which are covered in lush greenery, that is until the dry season (January to May); at this time, the hills turn brown giving them a chocolate-like appearance!
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Some key landmarks are not on land but beneath the waves like the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park! Located in the Sulu Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is blessed with a pristine reef, diverse marine life, two coral islands and lagoons; a popular spot for diving, it’s home to sharks, Napoleon wrasse, dolphins, whales, turtles and more.